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Poster: Judge TOOTMO Date: Apr 5, 2011 7:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: PHIL, PHURTHER, AND THE PHOX !!!

I was there. Got to talk with DEADATL for a little while before the show.

"These are a few of my favorite things..."

--My first surprise was four songs: To Lay Me Down. Never saw that coming, and in the middle of the first set.

--Enjoyed how they let pianoman stretch out and take the lead a couple of times. It gave some old songs some new twists.

--I thought the whole Terrapin suite was done better than any live versions that I could recall. It turned out to be a great closing number (whereas in the past, it sometimes drags on a show like an anchor.)

--I've never seen so much tye-dye stretched so tightly. To me, it seemed most of the crowd was 40+ and definitely plus-sized (of course, that may have just been a regional anomaly.)

--Like amosearle, I am a little ambivalent about the Floyd cover. I don't think I would have like to have seen the GOGD do "Time" but I really don't have a problem with Furthur screwin' around with covers if they want. I know if I was in a band, I would probably want to cover some Floyd.

--They played "Last Time" which I enjoyed much more than their motown covers.

--And, know matter how it turns out, there is a "feeling" that runs through you, and the crowd, when those first recognizable notes of DarkStar echo around you.

I had my oldest boy with me and was glad he got to hear a Dark Star, complete Terrapin, and a Ramblin on Rose. He thought the show was great, even the e:Brokedown Palace. He also thought Phil's singing was better than 2 years ago when we saw with Phil & F; I have no idea myself but thought it was an interesting observation.